I wonder if anyone out there can help me with my brick wall? Details are as follows:
My paternal grandmother never had a birth certificate and knew nothing about her family. I have done my own research and the only official details I can find are her entry notes when she was taken in to the care of the Clewer Sisters in 1921 (they were an order of Anglican Nuns who ran homes for neglected children in various locations in England and Wales). I have attached the transcript of these details which I received from their archive held at Berkshire Record Office.
These records tie in with her memories and known date of birth of 08.04.1911 (although this may be inaccurate if wrongly reported on her entry notes). If her DOB is correct she missed the 1911 census as that was held at the very beginning if April.
The entry notes place her in Tilshead Lodge in Wiltshire. This was a racing stable which fits with Nan's memories of horses. I contacted the school but all records have been destroyed (and as a neglected child I'm not sure if she would have attended school anyway...)
I know all the details from her entry into the Clewer Sisters' care onwards so know where to find her in the 1921 census (at their home in Newport) and also on the 1939 records (in service in Sandhurst, Glos). She married my Grandfather (Francis Charles Devereux) in 1941. She died in 1994.
Somebody has put an incorrect Winifred Ethel Lambert into a tree on Ancestory - this namesake doesn't fit with Nan's story and I should be able to prove it is not her on the 1921 census when she is still with her large family in Gloucestershire.
It is incredibly frustrating! My plan is to wait it out until 1922 and the census to see if this 'J Wilde stepfather' offers any new leads to her mother 'Mrs Wilde' (hoping he hasn't moved on from Tilshead Lodge in the meantime) but it's all a bit tenuous.
Alternatively I could get my DNA results and see if there are any matches. Am a bit in the dark about DNA ancestory so could it be specific enough to say I am related via my paternal grandmother?
Many many thanks for any wise words
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